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Sheila's Resting Place
My dear brave Sparkies,
I just wanted to tell you how we spent last weekend in Scotland.
About 10 days before my mother died, my siblings and... Read more
As Spring is in the air, we decided to visit Amsterdam for a few days last week.
It is a 3.5 hours drive from where we live in Bremen, so it is just a ho... Read more
Has the cat got your tongue?
'Has the cat got your tongue?', my gran, Ethel, used to ask us when we were young, especially if she had the feeling that we were disgruntled about something, but wouldn't spit it out. She was a headmistress and she liked people to be articulate... Read more
A walk around Bremen, Germany
Last week I had an hour's wait between two medical appointments in town, so instead of reading rubbishy magazines in the waiting room after the first consultation, I grabbed my coat and switched on the camera on my cell phone. I have lived in Br... Read more
just testing .....
I'm just testing my apostrophes from a German keyboard to see if those wierd question marks with a black background get posted! Wendy's books are on DH' s shelves etc. etc.... Read more
My first clear thought this morning was that, no; I do not want to live in a chubby body. I have put on about 6 lbs since my mother died in October and they do not sit well with me. I am short, so 6lbs on me look like 10lbs on taller people. I ... Read more
love your mum
My dear Sparkies,
I thought quite a bit about whether or not to post a blog about my mother and her last few days at the hospital. One of the nurses on the ward, who was impressed with how clear and eloquent Mum was in her wishes, said it h... Read more
The Isle of Iona
Hi all you brave Sparkies!
This is a blog about our family visit to Iona last week.
The small island of Iona lies on the far side of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. ... Read more
stuffed bell peppers á la Kurdi
Another Sparkie (SCHNOOTIE) asked me to post my stuffed bell pepper recipe, so here it is!
Stuffed Bell Peppers á la Kurdi
Serves 2-3 people
4 fresh bell peppers (orange, red, yellow and green for fun)
1 cup riso... Read more
a Kurdish fruit and veg market
We love fresh fruit and veggies, so when we are in Kurdistan we make a beeline for the local market when it is held in our part of town on Tuesday. It is about 10 minutes on foot from our house and the stalls are spread out on both sides of an o... Read more
Random Questions answered
A few of my spark friends answered these questions in blogs recently and I thought i would try them out too!
Where is your cell phone?
On the kitchen table
Hüseyin, Kurdish, kind and handsome
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my brand new granddaughter
My oldest daughter Lena had her second little girl on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately due to a chain of events, she ended up having to have a cesarean. The baby (Jonna) is doing fine, but Lena is not feeling at all good just now. As they live in... Read more
After we left Mardin, we drove the remaining 75 km to Midyat, where we were going to stay for the next two nights. Midyat was originally populated mainly by Syriac Christians who still call the region Tur Abdin, which means the mountain of the p... Read more
Mardin, North Kurdistan
Last week in North Kurdistan we were able to borrow a car for a few days, so we decided to visit the towns of Mardin and Midyat which lie above the plains of Mesopotamia. Some of the oldest Syriac Christian settlements, monasteries and churches ... Read more
The past and the present
One of the most interesting things I have learned here on Spark is to move outside my comfort zone, to think outside boxes, and to see the past as a formative part of myself.
Last weekend I combined all of the above three in one swoop - Hannah... Read more